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The following narrative and appeal has been transmitted to us from Morocco , says the Times . Allowing for possible errors in translation , we give the statement as we have received it : — * Pbaise be to God ! ' " From the Poor in God , Scc ^—to the most learned and renowned writers of the English newspapers—those journals the circulation of which extends over the whole earth , whose words are the words of truth , and 'the justness of whose reasonings is always self-evident , whose magic influence operates on the destinies of nations as well as individuals , and whose power is more to be considered than royalty itself , for princes tremble at their reproofs . - " Praise be to God , who is one , single , and unique , the Eternal Lord , Sec , — - " prayers perpetual as eternity .
" We have ever found your ' nation—may God continue to add to its abundance and prosperity 1—foremost in promoting" the happiness of the weak , and relieving them in their distress . The views of the Englishman are charitable , his ears are never deaf to the complaint of the oppressed . " We , therefore , filled with the most sacred inspirations of patriotism and love of justice , come forward and record the acts of injustice and perfidious behaviour of those sons of wickedness , those persevering enemies of God s word , and of everything eUe that is holy—the
French . May God eonfound their counsels , shatter the framework of their government , and bring them to grief ; in the consummation of which proceedings were * heard the voice of their cannon , the widow ' s lament , and the orphan ' s cry ! We speak of the recent bombardment of our peaceful town ( Sallee ) . May she never again be molested ! Having looked upon these affairs with the eye of a watchful and interested observer , we purpose now , by the blessing of God , to lay before the English a full , clear , and faithful narration of all that took place on that black day , as also the causes which led to the calamitous event .
" Know , then , that some months ago a vessel of the French nation was thrown upon the shore of the river of Sallee . The wind was strong , the sea was rough ; and , by the united violence of the two , the ship was broken to pieces . Yet the French say some of our brethren broke up the vessel ! God forbids lies , and this statexnentis false , as is proved by the fact that the " wreck was subsequently sold by the French Consul' Rabat for thirty dollars . The greater part of the cargo was saved and sold by auction ; a small portion , however—viz ., fifty bags of wheat—was left on the shore , which some of the poorest of our brethren—niay they be pardoned for their sins !— not able to withstand the allurements of the Evil Spirit , and yielding to the yearnings of their stomachs too long pressed by " starvation , ate , nay devoured , on the spot . Qur Kaid ( Sidy Mohamed Ben
Abd-el-Kady Zneeber ) did all he could to restrain his subjects from taking what was not their own ; but the appeals of excessive hunger overmatched authority ' s loudest injunctions . We do not justify the deed-God forbid ! but we have ever been willing to remedy it by indemnifying the losers . If the French have not been repaid for their plundered property , it is their own fault ; for their Consul in Tangier refused to comply with the request of the Great Basha , that he ( the French Consul ) should give him over his own signature a clear statement of the amount of the loss , in order that the money might be immediately paid . This was reasonable , seeing that the Consul at Rabat had previously presented a claim on this occasion for 50 dollars , which sum was , on a second occasion , raised to 400 dollars ; on a third it amounted to much more ; and , lastly , God knows what was demanded . ¦ : ¦ ' -
" Is there justice in France ? We cannot but believe that there is , and some of the French Ministers must be great and honest men ; assured of this , we are led to apprehend that it was owing to misrepresentations on the part of the French Consul ( M . Bureau ) , and the falsifications of his khleefa ( M . Schidt ) , that a French squadron appeared off our peaceful town on the 3 rd of Safar ( 26 th of November ) , and the Admiral , not even allowing our Kaid time to communicate with the Sultan or his Oozeer at Tangier , commenced a vigorous attack upon us , treating us as though we were pirates . We , too , consider them pirates ; for , were they not , they would have required satisfaction from the Sultan of Morocco , and not have presented an ultimatum to a poor Governor , who was not authorized to treat with-them .
" We would now ask the English whether , under the circumstances , as we have related them , —and God knows that what we have said is the pure truth , —there was sufficient cause for the French to go to war with us ? " Early in the morning of the 3 ru Safar ( 26 th of November ) nrrived on" our town a French squadron , consisting of a very large vessel , with , guns in her as numerous as the quills in a porcupine ' s back , and four mnokcpropelled ships , which wore also filled with guns . Shortly afterwards a boat brought from the-large vessel . to the shore some officers , who conveyed to the Kaid a letter , wherein the French Consul demanded that a large sum of money be paid him immediately . This demand could
not , of course , be acceded to j for , hud the Itaid paid the sum without orders to that effect from tho Sultan , his head would have been in danger . Ho , ho'wevor , begged that time might be given him to refer the matter to tho Court . This the French refused ; and , accordingly , about nine o ' clock a . m ., tho , large vessel opened a heavy fire upon ua , wjbioh we immediately returned . Tho smoke-ships also Tired at us , and we repaid them their shot . This interchange of shot and shell continued from tho morning until the night , when our enemies saw there was no use in wasting more powder and bajil . We had already driven one omoko-ship out of action . The next morning they went away , not daring to renew the fight . Although thousands of shota were nred at us that day . praise be to God , and thanks unto our Lord Mahomet I only twelve believers— God rest their fiouls!—loot their
lives , viz , five artillerymen , four women , and three children . Scarcely any damage was clone to the town . Some tJails struck our Saint-house " ( Sid Ben Aisha ) , which was too strong to fall down ; A few piastres will repair the injury done to the house of the Kaid ; and God will repay the poor for what they havo suffered . " Many of our enemies must have fallen that day , for God is great , and , he spares' not tho infidels . All . this occurred at a moment when we we . -re not prepared to
fight . We were taken completely bji surprise . Ouriguns were not in good order , and some ' of our best artillerymen were absent ; besides which , the gates of the town having been closed , by way of precaution against the warlike tribes of Arabs who Jiv . e in , the surrounding districts , many of our soldiers were called away from the batteries to defend the walls against invasions from the interior ; albeit , order was maintained among us ; and , so unexpected and harmless was the attack of our enemies , that the business and trade of the town was not even interrupted .
" What , then , would have been the result of an engagement between us and the French , had they given us a proper and honourable notice of t heir hostile intentions ? Why , not a ship of our enemies would have escaped sinking , and France would have mourned for hundreds of her best seamen . , * " They declare , however , they have obtained satisfaction ! We would wish to know in what does satisfaction consist . Is it satisfaction to send cannon balls into a
saint-house ? Or to knock a little | ilaster off the residence of a kaid ? Is it an agreeable thing to know that you have added to the misery of the pauper by making apertures in the walls of his dwelling for the wind and rain to enter ? Is there any pleasure in killing an artilleryman in the discharge of his duty ? or in throwing a poor family into mourning by bereavin-g them of a mother , o * sister , or daughter ? Is there any particular honour in destroying an infant who had never even heard of a Frenchman ? %
' * They say , also , they have given us a lesson . They have certainly taught us to hate them , and to understand that Frenchmen are perfidious , or that their Government has been deceived . .... " This is what we have to say . Peace , &c . "
MURDER AND CRIME . Hather distinctive in cjrime is the festive Christmas season . A murder at Bolper , highway robberies and street robberies , of which latter we give two specimens below . A man named Anthony Turner , who resides at Laneend , about half a mile from Belper , has been for some years in the habit of collecting rents for a widow lady named Barnes , who " livc > a with a relative named Bannister , a clergyman of the church of Etigiand , at Field-house , Belper . Turner having been a defaulter to a considerable amount , Mrs . iJaraeu sent him a note to say that he would not be allowed to collect any more rents , and that ho was to consider himself discharged from his situation . On Saturday evening last he went to a provision shop ,
kept by a Mr , Huh land , and borrowed a large carving knife used for cutting bacon . After they gave it to him he said he was going to lull Mrs . Barnes with it for not lotting him collect the rents . This was about eight o ' clock iu the even ing , and it appeared that ho went : direct from . Mr . HuBlaitd ' s shop to Field-house , deceased's residence , and asked to see Mrs . Barnes , . The servant went upstairs , and told Mrs . Barnes that Turner wished to speak to her , but aho refused to grant him an interview . The servant returned with a message to that effect . Turner aald he would not go away without seeing her , and , entering tb . e house , pushed tho girl on one . side and rushed upatairs . The servant girl was very rauohalarmed , and ran to fetch the Reverend J . Bannister , who was iu the adjoining house . Mr . Bannister immediately ran into the houao , and on proceeding upstairs met Turner coming down With a large knife in his hand , which was covered with blood . Turner made a blow ac Mr . I 3
annister with the knife , and after a struggle between them Turner wa . 8 precipitated to the bottom of the stairs . Mr . Bannister then went into the unfortunate lady ' s room , and , found her with her head nearly severed from her body ! One of her thumbs was also cut off , as if in struggling to prevent the murderous knife from lacerating her throat . Medical aid was immediately in attendance , but life was quite extincti After the foul deed had been perpetrated , Turner , after ' passing Mr . Bannister otfihe stairs , as alluded to above , oh leaving the house met the Servant girl coming in , and- made an attempt to strike her with the knife , but she turned her head on one side and evaded the blow . - The murderer then ran off at the top of his speed , and has not since been heard of . He is a married man , and has one child ;
is aJtauor by trade , and was formerly & local preacher among the Wesleyan Methodists . His age is about forty-five years , he stands about five feet eight inches , has very small black eyes ,, and had on at the ' time of the murder a pair of drab trousers and black coat . The most extraordinary part of this awful tragedy is the great ease with which the murderer made his escape , as it was only about half-past eight o ' clock in the evening , and numbers of people were * stirring about the neighbourhood . The electric telegraph was immediately set to work at the Belper station , and the news conveyed in a few minutes to Derby , Nottingham , and other midland counties , In Belper the greatest excitement prevailed on the awful tragedy becoming known , and a mob of some hundreds soon collected round the deceased lady ' s residence . Subsequently Turner Was arrested at his own house ,
and on the coroner ' s warrant committed for trial . On Monday night , shortly after ten o ' clock , Mr * Samuel Latham , rent-collector , was attacked by a highwayman as he was oil his way home to Carlton , about three miles from Nottingham . > After walking half the distance , in safety he overtook a man who appeared to be intoxicated , who , however , dealt him unseen a tremendous blow on the head with a lifepreserver . Mr . Latham turned upon the fellow quickly , but received a second blow on the'head before he was sufficiently on his guard to prevent it . The force of the second stroke , however , was not so severe as the first , in consequence of his having weakened his assailant by dealing him a tremendous blow on the side of the head with a thick" walkingstick he carried in his hand . The combatants then closed , Mr . Latham hugging his adversary and biting his face severely , making him cry for the assistance of three
comrades who lay in a hedge bottom close by . These fellows rushed to the rescue , and found Mr . Latham lying his full length . upon the highwayman , and biting him savagely . He was throttled off by the accomplices , who , having released their comrade , ran off together , without attempting either to rifle Mr . Latham ' s poekets or to retaliate the punishment he had inflicted upon his- first assailant . Both were covered with blood , which flowed freely from Mr . Latham ' s head and -from the highwayman ' s face and nose . They no doubt thought he was loaded with a large sum of money he had been collecting during the day ; but they were mistaken , as he had left it behind him at Nottingham . About the same time , Mr . Joshua Driver was attacked in North-street , Nottingham , by a powerful fellow ; but a cry being raised the desperado decamped without effecting the robbery he intended . The knaves and dastards are vigorous in these parts 1
Francisco Morati or Murray , 31 , and Bertho Mayo Argenti Koo , 25 , seamen , the former a Roman and the latter a Tuscan , lately belonging to the barque Alberto , of Liverpool , Captain John Benton , were charged before Mr- Yardley on Wednesday , with feloniously assaulting with intent to murder , Peter Getland , either a Swede or a Norwegian . Mr . Powell , barrister , appeared for the prosecution , on behalf of the Home-office , and stated that the prisoners had been sent here by a warrant of the consul at Quebec , where judicial proceedings had been taken before a jury ; but it being found that there was no jurisdiction there , they were sent over here in custody of two Quebec constables . The principal witness was James Col veil , steward on board the Alberto . Gotland James Col veil , steward on board the Alberto . Gotland
was an able seaman . On the 17 th of April , 1851 , the ship had been in harbour two days at Mobile bay , in the United States . One of the men cttme to me aft , and asked me to give him a piece of candle to write a letter to a friend . This was at about seven in the evening . " I said I would , " And took the candle forward myself . About ten minutes nfter Peter Getland was sitting on the windlass end , smoking a pipe . He had a Jim Crow hat on I and he began talking , and he asked me if I could recommend him to a decent boarding house when we not to Liverpool . I said I could , and then Argenti struck him on the forehead with an axe , inflicting a wound six inches in breadth with the sharp end of the axe . Getland staggered- off the windlass , and against the foremast . Argenti made a
blow at me ; i staggered , and went against the mast , singing out murder , murder—Mr . Gold , Mr . Gold ( meaning the mate ) . I then saw Argenti standing ugainrst the forecastle , with the axe raised , ready to strike any one coming near him . A seaman named Wilson took Vho wounded man aft . The prisoners were olose together when the blow was struck . I did not hear them apeak . After it was done Argenti went up the rigging , with the axe in his hand , and Morati followed . They remained aloft all night . I saw nothing in Morati ' s hand . Some captains belonging to other ships' came
on board , and flred blank shot , but tho prisoners would not come down , We kept sentry on them all' night , and tho next morning there was . a knife thrown down which I had lent to the mate , who afterwards lent it to Mornti . Tho revenue cutter then took them on board a steamboat , which took them to Mobile , whore the consul sent for me , and we wore taken to Quebec . The prisoners were kept in irons . The wounded man was taken aft , and laid" on tho cabin floor , where ¦ the wound was dressed . He died aix days ojfter . The o « bo was ultimately remanded .
8 W& * Qti aft *** [ SATt ^ RBIAir ,
SCANDAL IN Kt A YE A IB . A case of scandal in high life came' out at Guildhall last week . A Mrs . Dawson , othesrwise Phoebe Blakeney , was charged with a perjury alleged to have been eonimitted in 1833 . She was the mintress of the late Lord Portarlington , and is described b ; v a feminine witness as having been an extremely beautiful woman * Her mother ' s name was Elam , thewife Of a Lieutenant Elam , and she died in 1833 . At that time Mrs . Dawson swore that she was the only daughter and next o : f kin of Mrs , Elam who had died intestate , and upon those grounds the property of Mrs . Elam came into her hands :. For the prosecution it was alleged that Mrs . Dawson was not the daughter of Mrs . Elam by a former marriage , as Mra . Dawson contended ; but that the real daughter who was entitled to the property was Miss Georgina Elam , the daughter of Mrs . Elam and the late Lord Portarlington . Thus the case became very complicated . Evidence was adduced to show that Mrs . Dawson was really the daughter of Mrs . Elam , born in wedlock ; and Mr , Ballantine , who defended Mrs . Damson , asserted that Lord Portarlington had lived with both mother and daughter . It was also asserted that Mrs . Elam had bought a child of a peasant and palmed her off on Lord Portarlington . There was also evidence showing that both Mrs . Dawson and Mrs . Elam had called Miss Elam the child of the latter . Some doubt was thrown on the
statement of Mrs . Dawson by the fact that Mrs . Elam was registered as only forty-eight at the time of her death ; but this was accounted fjr by -the defence , who said Lord Portarlington , who had the entire arrangement of Mrs . Elam ' a funeral , had desired to make her appear as young as he could . The case was not concluded at the last hearing ; but Sir Peter Laurie , who occupied the bench , thought proper to set Mrs . Dawson at liberty without renewing her recognizances .
Leader (1850-1860), Jan. 3, 1852, page 8, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1916/page/8/